If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was
pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be
pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the
law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce
her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to
him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home
as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will
give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his
people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through
the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call
him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what
the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But
he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him
the name Jesus.
1. Joseph is a righteous man, faithful to God’s law (v19). He feared that Mary would
be subject to a public disgrace, and perhaps even stoning for immoral sexual
activity. God directed Joseph through an angel in a dream. He obeyed and took
Mary home as his wife.
2. The angel quoted Isaiah 7:14 to tell Joseph “the virgin will conceive and give
birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(v23). Here God is announcing
to the world that he will be with us, he will experience all the limits, shame and
suffering we go through.
3. How could the fact that “God became flesh and living among us” have changed
your life? What could you do to make this fact more a reality?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 1:1-6
God spoke to Joseph in a dream and helped him to make the right decision. How
does God talk to people today? Is there any decision the family or someone is
facing? As a family, pray for God’s direction and our obedience to God’s word.